Letter from A.D. John Currie - February 6

No. 13 Cats Return Home Saturday The men's basketball team will return home Saturday for a 5 p.m. game against Iowa State as Coach Weber's charges will look to avenge a hard-fought loss in Ames a few weeks ago. We look forward to a great crowd and atmosphere Saturday evening as a national ESPN2 audience will be tuned in. We've appreciated the great energy from our student section over the last several games! Remembering the Bramlage Family Please arrive early for Saturday's game as a special remembrance and presentation will be made to the Bramlage family. Last June, Kansas State University and the communities of Manhattan and Junction City were devastated by the news of a tragic airplane crash that claimed the lives of Ron and Becky Bramlage, and their children, Brandon, Boston, Beau, and Roxanne. Ron and Becky were graduates and major supporters of Kansas State University and, along with their children, avid Wildcat fans. Ron, the grandson of Fred Bramlage, for which Bramlage Coliseum is named, was prominent in the Junction City business community, and Ron and Becky were very active in various community activities including USD 475 and as parishioners of St. Francis Xavier Church. Prior to Saturday's game, family members will present a family portrait of Ron, Becky and their children which will then be permanently displayed in the Legends Room near the portrait of Fred Bramlage. Their lasting impact and passion for K-State will always be remembered. Baseball Season Upon Us The 2013 baseball season is right around the corner as 10th-year head coach Brad Hill takes his club to Charleston, S.C., next week for an opening weekend tournament against High Point, The Citadel and George Mason. Following a return trip to South Carolina to face nationally-ranked foes Coastal Carolina and Kentucky, along with Elon, the Wildcats open their 31-game home schedule and a season-long 19-game homestand with a three-game set against Oakland, March 1-3. As the weather warms up outside, fans should make plans to fill Tointon Family Stadium once again this year. Season tickets start for as little at $75, an outstanding average of less than $2.50 per game, and are on sale now while single-game tickets will be available beginning Monday, February 18. Pregame tailgates will once again be a hit this year with the addition of live music prior to Friday and Saturday home games. Be sure to visit www.k-statesports.com for a full promotional calendar next week. Full Slate of Action this Weekend Several of our squads will be on the road this weekend, while Coach Bietau's tennis squad will have its home opener at 11 a.m. on Saturday against No. 23 Tulsa at Body First Tennis & Fitness Center. It will be USTA/ITA Campus Kids Day as well as kids ages kindergarten to 8th grade can participate in this free event, which is designed to expose junior players, their parents and coaches to college tennis matches. Each participant also will receive a free K-State tennis t-shirt, a K-State tennis poster, enjoy cookies and refreshments and meet Willie the Wildcat. Click here to register. Among our teams traveling this weekend are our nationally-ranked track teams, who will send split squads to Ames, Iowa, and Albuquerque, NM, and the women's hoops team will be in Ames Saturday to face the Cyclones at 1 p.m. Finally, our equestrian team will be represented at the 2013 Winter Equestrian Festival's Collegiate Equitation Challenge by Rachel Webster and Larissa Laffey this weekend in Florida. Thanks for all you do to support K-State teams and student-athletes. Here's to a Wildcat victory over Oklahoma in Bramlage tonight!

Go Cats!John Currie